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Fauquier County Public Library Website Recognized by Virginia Public Library Directors Association

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Fauquier County Public Library Website Recognized by Virginia Public Library Directors Association

(Warrenton, VA) May 28, 2015 — The Fauquier County Public Library website (fauquierlibrary.org) was recently awarded “Outstanding Website Serving a Population Between 30,000 – 80,000” by the Virginia Public Library Directors Association.

The library’s new website launched in January, 2015 and is the result of months of systematic analysis by library staff. The features and organization of the site are based on a combination of Google Analytics and patron surveys.

Library patrons like the mobile friendly, fully searchable and easy-to-navigate website. In addition to a “fresh” look and feel, the website allows users to easily search the library’s online catalog, events and news. Staff recommendations and book reviews from the library’s many book clubs are a popular new feature.

Since the launch of the new website, usage has risen dramatically. Mobile traffic now accounts for about 30% of visitors.  Maria Del Rosso, Library Director, said “Increasingly people are using smart phones to reach the Internet. That’s why it’s important for the library to provide access to accurate information 24/7 through a mobile friendly website. It’s just one more way for us to keep pace with what our patrons tell us they want and need.”

Fauquier County Public Library programs and services have a long history of recognition for excellence by the Virginia Public Library Directors Association. The first awards were granted in 2003 for “Outstanding Programs for Seniors” and “Outstanding Service Innovation.” Other award-winning programs have included the annual “Honoring Our Veterans” program and the 2013 Teen Poetry contest.

“This recent recognition by Virginia public library directors points to the excellent library services and resources available to Fauquier County residents.  The library’s success is made possible by support received from the Board of Supervisors as well as the dedication of talented and experienced library staff.  We look forward to continuing to provide efficient, cost-effective services to inform, educate, enrich and entertain every member of our community,” said Patricia White, Library Board Chairman.

Fauquier County Public Library locations are: Warrenton Library, 11 Winchester St.; Bealeton Library, 10877 Willow Drive North; and John Marshall Library, 4133 Rectortown Road, Marshall. Call (540) 422-8500 for more information about library events or locations.

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